This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

This policy must be adhered to by all Church workers. It must also be followed by any users of St Michael’s Church, the Olive Herbert Room, the Parish Centre, St Mary’s Church, St Andrew’s Church and the STAC.

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

If someone is in immediate danger

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services on 999.

If there is no risk of immediate harm

If you do not think there is a risk of immediate harm, you must speak to someone about your concern as soon as possible. When first reporting a concern, please be sure to make contact using the information shown below.

Outside office hours

For urgent safeguarding enquiries outside of office hours (see below), please call  Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111 for confidential advice, guidance and support.

During office hours

To contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, call 01865 208 295 or email for urgent safeguarding concerns Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4.30pm.
You can also contact our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser directly if you prefer:

Erica Hegg: 07341 866832

Local Parish Contacts

You can also contact our Parish Safeguarding Office or the Vicar with safeguarding concerns.

Parish Safeguarding Officer – Kate Elliott
07782 350491

Vicar – Jonathan Widdess
01865 863702

Where do I go next?

Please visit the Diocesan Safeguarding Website for more information.